All of us here at Land Rover Dallas must say that we are quite impressed and are itching to try out the new toy that our parent company is set to release in the coming years!
Jaguar Land Rover is now testing a new smartphone app that will allow the driver to tackle the tough terrain all by remote control! The app includes control of a Range Rover’s steering, accelerator and brakes as well as changing from high and low range. This would allow the driver to walk alongside the car, at a maximum speed of 4mph, to maneuver the car out of challenging situations safely, or even to negotiate difficult off-road terrain as well as pesky parking spots.
JLR is still testing the system and looking at installing it as a feature starting in about 2020, said Nick O’Donnell, a spokesman.
The remote-control app is controlled via Bluetooth, only usable when the driver is within 30 feet of the car, and the maximum speed will be 4 miles per hour. There are reported plans to move the system over to Wi-Fi for greater range, and a tablet version, which would take advantage of the Range Rover Sport’s surround camera system to provide a live video feed from the bumpers and wheels, is also said to be in the works.
Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Research into technologies like these won’t only help us deliver an autonomous car. They will help make real driving safer and more enjoyable. The same sensors and systems that will help an autonomous car make the right decisions, will assist the driver and enhance the experience to help prevent accidents. Autonomous car technologies will not take away the fun of driving.”